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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Letters 01-11-2016

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Real Muslim Talk A recent letter stated that most Muslims assimilate to American culture just fine. This feel-good statement doesn’t reflect the whole picture: Muslims in the U.S. adapt minimally to local customs while aggressively asserting their own religion and culture upon their surroundings. Dearborn, Mich. is an ideal “laboratory” to observe this phenomenon, since it holds the largest Muslim population in the United States...

Shame On Us I am a Native American living in northern Michigan. Natives believe in the sanctity of life. We believe women are givers of life, not takers. Abortion creates a scenario of a mother taking her own child’s life...

Embrace Our Water I would like to gather together a group of like-minded people to focus on cleaning our water…water in our lakes, rivers, aquifers, etc. After seeing Masaru Emoto in the documentary film, “The Secret” and after reading his books, “The Hidden Messages In Water” and “The True Power Of Water,” I realized that we have the power to clean our terribly polluted water that we cannot live without...

 
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Crossfit Gyms: Training That Tests Your Mettle

Features Clark Miller This is about short, intense workouts. In fact, franchises like TC Total CrossFit and ColdFront CrossFit in Traverse City and CrossFit Petoskey aren’t even called gyms at all. They are known as “boxes,” a corporate designation that makes one thing clear: this is a place for people who are dead serious about getting in shape.
 
Saturday, January 9, 2016

From Jurassic Park to Hemingway: Northern Michigan’s Skiable Feast

Features Kristi Kates IT ALL STARTS WITH SKIS Developed by Treetops’ General Manager Barry Owens, the creator of several fun culinary jaunts for Treetops guests, the Skiable Feast (name borrowed from the Hemingway novel “A Moveable Feast”) covers six kilometers of...
 
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Cancer Center to Welcome Patients Next Month

Features Ross Boissoneau Cancer attacks people in numerous ways, from tumors that eat away bone or muscle to weakening immune systems, as well as leaving patients with little appetite or drive to fight. That’s why cancer specialists often work in tandem with specialists in other areas, such as nutrition, psychology and pain relief.
 
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Cancer Coping

Features Sheri McWhirter Susan Ruoff closed her high-end cosmetics store, Venus, in downtown Traverse City near the end of 2015, but that doesn’t mean the extensively trained stylist won’t still be helping women feel beautiful. Ruoff simply has a new focus: women living with cancer.
 
Saturday, January 9, 2016

In Pursuit Of A Cure: Cancer Research In Northern Michigan

Features Beth Milligan For most, the term “cancer research” conjures up images of university laboratories, scientific institutes and metropolitan medical centers. Yet local community hospitals across northern Michigan are also playing a crucial part in the search to find a cure.
 
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Sitting, Sugar, Sun

THE NEW VICES

Features Patrick Sullivan Sitting too often, eating too much sugar or spending too much time unprotected from the sun can have harmful or deadly effects equal to more obvious dangers. The Northern Express talked to experts about how we can redefine these behaviors as vices in order to live healthier lives.
 
Saturday, January 2, 2016

The Exploding Career of Chic Gamine

Music Kristi Kates Ariane Jean, Andrina Turenne and Annick Bremault all grew up in the French Quarter of Winnipeg, Manitoba and all had an interest in music. It wasn’t long before they all found themselves in a big a cappella group. When that group disbanded, the three friends decided they wanted to keep making music, and so they became Chic Gamine.
 
Saturday, January 2, 2016

New Reformation Jazz Band Brings Big Sound to CTAC

Music Kristi Kates “It was such a sound,” he said. “After the service, we all gathered in the dressing room and we were all like, wow. And just like Peggy Lee sang, we were asking each other ‘is that all there is?’ So we stuck with it, started playing pubs, and it grew from there.
 
Saturday, January 2, 2016

Questions 2016

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle While some are resolving to do — or not do — all manner of things they won’t end up doing — or stop doing — the New Year seems a more likely time for questions. As always, there are plenty of them..
 
Saturday, January 2, 2016

The Checkbook And Calendar Never Lie

Other Opinions Christie Minervini With the New Year upon us, I’ve been spending a lot of time reflecting on the notion of “voting with our dollars.” This was again brought to light when Traverse City’s Bill Marsh Automotive Group pulled its United Way employee giving program because it learned that Planned Parenthood was a grant recipient.
 
Saturday, January 2, 2016

Dates 01-02-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold Honored as one of the top 21 club comics of today at HBO’s Las Vegas Comedy Festival, Uncorrect Comedy presents comedian Dave Landau at ECCO event space, TC on Fri., Jan. 8 at 8pm (doors, 7pm). Landau was also featured on Comedy Central’s “Live At Gotham” & NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.
 
Saturday, January 2, 2016

The Alanson Depot

Dining Kristi Kates One hundred and thirty-five years ago, it was a train depot primarily used by the logging industry. In the years to follow, it would become a train-themed tourist attraction, an antique shop, a snowmobile dealership, a pizza place and a popular dining destination known as Lester’s BBQ.
 
Saturday, January 2, 2016

Letters 01-04-2016

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“Grow Up” In the Dec. 21 issue, Thomas Kachadurian writes that attempts to alleviate hunger and poverty (you know, as in sunday school: “feed the hungry,clothe the poor, care for the sick”) are childish fantasies like the belief in Santa Claus. And for good measure he also includes pacifism, gun control, government aid programs and religious tolerance...

No Sympathy For Merchant Class I would like to respond to the “help wanted” letter about local businesses. Perhaps our region’s merchant class would benefit by reading The Walmart Effect; it’s a bit dated, but it applies. And it does so painfully...

Don’t Generalize About Millennials In its Dec. 14 issue, the Northern Express published a letter from a local business owner which blamed the large number of local help wanted signs on “young millennials’ poor or non-existent work ethic and/or their refusal to show up on time and do what is expected.” While I cannot speak for all millennials, I did want to provide a counter-narrative..

A Modest Proposal Indeed I very much enjoyed Grant Parson’s column, “A Modest Proposal” in the Dec. 20 issue of Northern Express. His proposal which was spot on, and indeed very modest, suggesting that the conditions imposed on a woman seeking an abortion be applied to an individual seeking to purchase an assault weapon...

Senator Peters Misinformed Senator Gary Peters made a fool out of himself at a subcommittee meeting recently when he sited the Law of Conservation of Energy, saying, “additional heat does not just magically disappear, it makes the planet warmer.” He clearly was absent on the day his sixth grade teacher explained the First Law of Thermodynamics...

My Story Of Climate Change Climate change is here. Although no single weather event can be attributed directly to a climate trend, the increasing number and intensity of these storms can. My own story is a mix of facts and fear. Returning from our family reunion, my sister and I engaged in a philosophical discussion about climate change...

Not Talking About It Recently many of us have watched a stage full of Republican debaters thump their chests, rattle their imaginary sabers, glower directly into the camera, and promise our enemies death and destruction, all in the interests of national security. But we hear nothing about climate change...

Real Renewable Progress Well done, Wolverine Power Cooperative and member organizations Cherryland, Great Lakes Energy, PIE&G, and others. Wolverine recently announced it will source approximately 30 percent of its power supply from renewable sources by 2017. The wind power will be supplied from the Deerfield Wind Project in Huron County and the Michigan Wind 3 Project in Sanilac County. This commitment far exceeds Michigan’s goal of 10 percent renewables met this year. That’s leadership...

Zero Tolerance In response to Jack Segal’s column from the Dec. 21 Northern Express regarding “Tolerance and Free2Choos,” has Mr. Segal ever heard the term “zero tolerance?” It is highly disturbing that an educated individual would allow the gallering neo-Nazis outside a peaceful Jewish faith assembly while threatening innocent people. Many who know the horrors of Hitler and his Nazi regime will be intolerant of such interferences...

 
Saturday, January 2, 2016

A Place in the World

Cadillac’s After 26 Depot Helps Connect Disabled Adults to Their Community

Features Patrick Sullivan Forty-four-year-old Keith is finally in touch with the world. As he washed dishes, he thought about why he loves his job at After 26 Depot restaurant in Cadillac. Keith, who is cognitively disabled, once worked at a sheltered factory that employs disabled adults.
 
 
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